This story has been up to date. It was initially printed on June 24, 2017.
With the frenetic tempo of contemporary life, we’ve bought extra to recollect than ever. Help is at hand within the type of (what else) your smartphone. As effectively as a digital camera, music player, and all-round communications machine, your cellphone also can act as a mixture of secretary and to-do record in terms of reminding you about what that you must get executed. And your choices are far more subtle than that pocket book or pile of Post-it notes that they may exchange.
How to set reminders on Android
If you’ve bought a inventory Android cellphone, you’ll have the Google Assistant in-built.
Tap contained in the Google search field and kind “set a reminder,” or say “OK Google” out loud and communicate your request. Google spots that you just wish to arrange a reminder and asks in case you’d like so as to add a time or a spot to the word. If you select a time, you get a reminder at the moment, or you possibly can affiliate the reminder with morning, afternoon, night, or the entire day. And Google provides one other nifty function that paper can’t match: If you select a spot, you will get a reminder the following time your cellphone detects you’re at that location. For instance, you possibly can inform your cellphone to remind you about your grocery record subsequent time you step into your native retailer. Reminders also can repeat on a day by day, weekly, month-to-month, or annual foundation.
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Rather than making a reminder after which including the small print, you possibly can bake specifics into your authentic command. For instance, strive saying, “Remind me to wash the car tomorrow at 2 p.m.”
If you select neither a time nor a spot to your reminder, the word will sit in your record of reminders till you take away it. To see your present record, say “OK, Google, show me my reminders,” and the Google assistant will learn the record for you. If you wish to hold it quiet, faucet the G on the left of the search bar after which your avatar image on the proper. Scroll down and select Reminders to see and handle your present reminders, or create new ones.
In addition to the Google Assistant, Android offers you one other different within the type of the Google Keep app (which can also be out there on iOS). Open the app menu, faucet Reminders, then create a brand new word with a reminder connected. Again, you possibly can tag a time or a spot to your reminder, and arrange a repeating occasion. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t but labored out the way to sync reminders throughout its numerous apps, so these reminders will keep separate for now.
How to set reminders on iOS
The digital assistants on Android and iOS share the same course of for organising reminders. On an iPhone, press and maintain the Home button to launch Siri, then say, “Set a reminder.” Siri will ask you what you wish to be reminded about, and save the word.
If you simply use the “set a reminder” command, you gained’t be capable of affiliate a time or a spot together with your reminder. However, you possibly can add these particulars to your preliminary directions ought to that you must. Say, “Remind me to wash the car tomorrow at 2 PM,” or “Remind me to buy flowers when I get home,” and Siri will perceive what you imply. In every case, you’ll get the prospect to evaluate the reminder—and to delete it if Siri misunderstood what you need.
Siri units up these reminders by tapping into iOS’s native Reminders app. So in case you don’t wish to use your voice to set the reminders, merely open up the app and kind out your needs. Tap the plus button (backside left) to create a brand new reminder. As anticipated, you possibly can assign reminders to a time or place, however you too can give them a precedence degree, which makes it simpler so that you can type by your to-do record. You also can set reminders to repeat day by day, weekly, month-to-month, or yearly.
Whereas Google retains its apps separate, Apple pipes all the pieces by the Reminders app on iOS, which can be synced throughout iCloud and macOS. It’s a barely cleaner answer, however the two working programs produce extraordinarily comparable finish outcomes: reminders for absolutely anything, with time or location tags the place related, and the choice to have these reminders repeat recurrently.
Third-party reminder apps
Don’t just like the built-in choices that include Android and iOS? You’ve bought a plethora of third-party reminder apps to choose from. While we will’t cowl all of them right here, we are going to spotlight a number of the greatest ones we’ve discovered. Feel free to do your individual investigating as effectively.
The polished Todoist app, free for Android and iOS, has been round for years. You can customise your reminders in nearly any approach you possibly can think about, with timings, priorities, areas, labels, notifications, and extra. One of to Todoist’s greatest options is its clear and uncluttered interface, which helps you to keep on high of a number of duties without delay. Plus, it really works on practically each machine on the market.
Remember The Milk is one other much-loved reminder app for Android and iOS. It’s not fairly as complete as Todoist, however it has an honest record of options reminiscent of time and site tagging, labels, and a selection of the way you wish to obtain your reminders (over textual content, electronic mail, cell alert, and even Twitter). It additionally integrates neatly with a number of different in style companies, together with Evernote and Google Drive.
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Finally, we must always point out Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant. Although this was as soon as an possibility, Microsoft removed it from and Android and iOS app stores earlier this 12 months. If you’re a fan of Windows or looking for a Cortana alternative, you would possibly wish to try Microsoft To Do (free for Android and iOS). The app integrates with Office 365 and allows you to create reminders and to-do lists which are accessible throughout any machine.